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Chevron and Glitter Nails

15 Apr

While some pins lead us to wonderful blogs or websites, others provide a step-by-step pictorial or simply have an instructional caption. Still others are simply pictures of something fun, delicious, or trendy that we’d love to try, but are left to attempt without direction. The latter happened to me with a pin featuring some fun nails.

pinterest chevron nails

Courtesy of Pinterest

The bright pop of color, with both a glitter and a chevron accent nail, really makes a statement without looking tacky. Apparently chevron is becoming a huge trend in clothes, accessories, and home décor, so why not add it to your manicure? This look seemed pretty self-explanatory, but the chevron part did cause some trouble.

The whole tape and nail polish trick didn’t really work, and if you don’t have those awesome nail polish pens that are intended for designs like these, you’re last option will be to work with a Sharpie. If you read my earlier post on Sharpie nail art, you might be a bit skeptical to use a Sharpie. But in this case, a black Sharpie seemed to be the best solution, and it actually worked!

Close enough…

chevron nails smeared

However, when I went back a few hours later to add a clear coat on top of my pinperfect manicure, the black Sharpie smeared with the application of the clear polish. I guess my stance against Sharpie nail art still stands. Even though this look wasn’t completely ruined, it might be time to invest in some nail pens.

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Shimmery Manicure

6 Apr

Have you been trying to find new nail art ideas that don’t involve tons of colors, tape, or glitter polish? Or maybe you just want something quick and easy to glam up your manicure. Well this Pinterest idea uses two things every girl should own- make up and nail polish.

All you need is some form of a powder pigment, such as an eye shadow, to dust over your freshly painted nails. If you have a loose eye shadow or a shimmer, that would probably work best and be a lot easier (I used a loose shimmer eye shadow). According to the instructions in this pin’s caption, you simply “dab some powder pigment (like eye shadow) above the cuticle before the polish dries and blow the color onto the nail.”

Need To Make A Few Changes

Turns out, this blowing technique doesn’t really work. I had to lightly brush the shimmer onto my nails, starting from the cuticle, with an eye shadow brush. It still had the same effect, just using a different technique. However, make sure you use very light and gentle strokes to apply the shimmer in order to avoid any brush marks, mess up your nail polish, or mess up the brush. On that note, you want your nails to still be freshly painted so that the powder adheres to them, but you don’t want your nails to be so wet that applying the powder will get nail polish everywhere.

shimmer nails

Once you’ve added some shimmer to your nails, apply a clear topcoat to seal in the powder. And viola! You’ve got a pinperfect manicure in just minutes.

Matte Nail Polish

22 Mar

Recently, I have been coming across more and more pins featuring matte nail polish. Most polishes that I have found are top-quality, brand name polishes- expensive nail polishes.

This shine-free look definitely caught my eye and seems to be trending right now, but I wasn’t completely sold on it. I figured it was worth a shot, but I didn’t feel like spending $8 on a whole bottle of matte polish.

So of course I search around Pinterest for a DIY matte nail polish tutorial, and I found one pin that seemed simple and straightforward. All you have to do is hold your nails over some steam (I just put a coffee mug with water in the microwave for 90 seconds).

And viola! Matte nail polish. I was honestly shocked that this actually worked but was very pleased with the pinperfect results.

Matte vs Gloss Hands

Matte vs Gloss close up

Disclaimer: The matte effect did fade after a few days and the polish began chipping relatively quickly.

Sharpie Nail Art

8 Mar

sharpie nails

Time and time again we see all these intricate and fun nail designs with different colors and patters designs that most assume could only be achieved by a wonderful manicurist with tons of nail polish pens. Well I am no manicurist and don’t have any nail polish pens, which is why I got excited when I saw this pin for Sharpie nail art.

Fun & Easy!

It’s a pretty basic concept- use Sharpies instead of nail pens for simple fun designs. So I grabbed by silver Sharpie and just went with a simple line design I had seen on a different pin. And lo and behold, I had a brand new, quick and easy, look- all thanks to a Sharpie.

Beware!!

I was very pleased with the results… until about a few hours later. Just by going about my day with homework and house chores, the Sharpie design had completely worn off. Adding a clear coat on top is definitely a MUST if you’re going to try any kind of Sharpie nail art. Otherwise, you’ll just watch your pinperfect manicure fade away.

Sharpie Nails faded

It was fun while it lasted.

Oh My Ombre!

3 Feb

In case you haven’t noticed, the ombre trend is definitely in now. Whether it’s your hair, your clothes, or your accessories, the color-fading look is EVERYWHERE. So it’s no surprise some people have come up with a technique for ombre nails.

At first glance, you probably thought, “that can’t really work” or “yea, too bad that was done by a professional.” I too had my doubts. But it turns out the ombre effect really is easy-to-do and super cute!

Although I do enjoy doing my own nails, I wouldn’t consider myself anywhere near the level of a professional manicurist. But as illustrated on Pinterest, this fun look was super simple. I definitely recommend trying it out if you’re looking for something new and trendy to do with your nails. I got tons of compliments on my pinperfect nails, and am looking forward to trying more color combinations with an ombre twist.

Here’s a close up…. please ignore all the polish around my actual nail.